The Columbia Chorale's first concert of the 2009-10 season will be led by a new director and include some new music.
Steve Halliday is the new conductor for the 38-member Columbia Chorale. He's also the conductor for the Tri-City-based Columbia River Chordsmen barbershop harmony organization.
The concert -- titled The Gift of Gratitude -- starts at 3 p.m. Nov. 15 in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 2001 W. Kennewick Ave. Admission is $5 at the door.
"Our concert is a collection of well known and well-liked songs," said member Kara Morris. "We chose favorite songs that we have sung in previous concerts that our audiences have enjoyed, such as Dream and For the Beauty of the Earth. We'll close the concert with The Old Irish Blessing."
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The entire collection of music to be sung also includes patriotic, spiritual, nostalgic and novelty music, such as America the Beautiful, Elijah Rock, Those Were The Days and Polly Wolly Doodle.
A special performance by the Chordsmen is included in Sunday's event.
The Columbia Chorale is one of the oldest singing groups in the Tri-Cities, having organized more than 45 years ago and is made up of singers of all ages.
The group welcomes anyone with a desire to sing to join them. More information about the ensemble is available online at www.columbiachorale.net or at the concert.
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